ICHIRO RECORDS 3,000TH HIT

Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th member of the 3,000 hit club Sunday when he ripped a triple off the right field wall at Coors Field in Colorado.

Suzuki now has 3,000 hits in the United States and 1,278 hits in Japan for a total of 4,278 career hits.

RODRIGUEZ RETIRES, YANKS WIN

With tears in his eyes, Alex Rodriquez announced his retirement from baseball at Yankee Stadium today.

“This is a tough day. I love this game. And I love this team. And today, I am saying goodbye to both. This is also a proud day. I was 18 when I broke into the big leagues … I never thought I could play for 22 years. At 18, I just wanted to make a team.”

MIKE PIAZZA: HALL OF FAME

Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall Hall of Fame on Sunday.

In the days and weeks leading up to the ceremony, a lot was written about Piazza’s career. But nothing quite compares to the scouting report authored by Brad Kohler in April 1986. The MLB scout wrote, “above average power potential … doesn’t get cheated on his cuts … worth selection [based on] bat and power.”

Piazza was drafted — in the 62nd round — by the Los Angeles Dodgers. And the rest is history.

Q & A: MLB COMMISSIONER ROB MANFRED

Prior to Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All Star Game in San Diego, Commisioner Rob Manfred met with fans and the media for The Commissioner’s Town Hall Chat. The event was hosted by legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg.

Traditionally, I don’t post a Q&A because they are mundane. But, in this case, Manfred talked about important issues facing today’s game that I thought you might find revealing.